Property tech startups are being encouraged to pitch for free business growth support and desk space worth up to £9,500 at a new North West England tech incubator.
Science and technology park operator Manchester Science Partnerships has launched the Dragons’ Den-style pitching competition, aimed at tech companies with between one and 12 employees, including those working in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, VR and AR, Smart Cities, and the Internet of Things.
Successful applicants will win free desk space and access to a specialist business growth programme for 12 months.
The purpose-built tech incubator, due to open in May, is based in Bruntwood’s refurbished Manchester Technology Centre, part of the new £750m Circle Square campus in the Oxford Road Corridor Innovation District.
Manchester City Council awarded MSP £2m to launch the incubator together with its delivery partners including Complete Resourcing and Manchester Digital, which will also be based in the centre.
The operator supports more than 300 fast-growth science and technology companies within its portfolio spread across three main campuses: Manchester Science Park, Citylabs and Mereside at Alderley Park in Cheshire.
Customers range from startups such as viral video app Wattl and local scale-ups such as ANS, through to global brands such as Cisco.
Anne Dornan, head of innovation and partnerships, said: “At MSP we are passionate about creating communities of like-minded businesses in locations where innovation and entrepreneurship come together to drive real growth and impacts.
“The competition represents an exciting opportunity to identify new data science and technology innovation start-ups to join Manchester’s flourishing and diverse digital sector and who we hope will benefit from the specialist support services, access to finance, and collaboration opportunities offered by our tech incubator and our fantastic network of partners.”
The deadline for applications is midnight, Friday 4 May.
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